Alvin Gentry Rumors
Beyond Portland, Lopez is expected to have a list of suitors on July 1, and his connection to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been clear around the NBA. Gentry coached Lopez during the seven-foot center’s first four seasons with the Phoenix Suns.
Gentry said he is still looking to fill the one remaining spot on his staff. But Gentry retained Kevin Hanson and Fred Vinson, who both were assistants on former Pelicans Monty Williams’ staff. Hanson will continue working with Davis, while Vinson is expected to remain as a shooting coach to help players like swingman Tyreke Evans. Gentry hired Darren Erman as his lead assistant and New Orleans native Robert Pack earlier this month
”Jrue Holiday, we came so close of drafting him, when I was the head coach in Phoenix. Eric Gordon, everyone knows we (Phoenix Suns) offered him a tremendous contract, but he decided to stay here in New Orleans.”
Gentry has already spoke to Davis several times in the past week and plans to meet with him again when he returns to California, where Davis has spent time this season working out in Los Angeles.
”We got the best player in the NBA, not named LeBron James,” Gentry said. ”But I’m really excited. I look at the roster and I lot of these guys I have a special relationship with.”
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Sources said Gentry could be looking at having only three assistants on his staff. In comparison, former Pelicans coach Monty Williams had five, including two developmental coaches.
”Sometimes change is hard,” Johnson said. ”But from what I’ve heard, Alvin did a nice job interviewing for the job. I think his experiences with the different head coaching jobs that he has had and assistant coaching jobs, he brings a wealth of experience to the franchise.”
Gentry was hired on May 30 after signing a four-year, $13.7 million contract. However, an agreement was reached that Gentry would remain as the Golden State Warriors lead assistant until the NBA Finals were completed before assuming head coaching duties with the Pelicans.
Newly hired head coach Alvin Gentry will be formally introduced by the New Orleans Pelicans this upcoming Monday, owner Tom Benson said in a statement issued Thursday after a judge ruled that the 87-year-old billionaire is competent to run the Saints, Pelicans.
“I’m really excited to continue playing for the Pelicans. We had a strong finish to last season. And with this core group of young players we have, and with Alvin Gentry’s new leadership and vision, we all expect even bigger things next season,” stated Gordon.
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Alvin Gentry, the Warriors’ associate head coach and soon-to-be Pelicans head coach, is 60 years old. Apparently, he can still dunk, as long as he gets two tries at it. The entire team went crazy when he proved he can still do it.
“Everybody’s a little different in how they play the game,” D’Antoni said. “More power than Amar’e, I don’t think is possible. There’s probably more finesse in Anrthony’s game. But it doesn’t take a genius to coach the kid — give him the ball and get out of the way. The one thing I know about Anthony having been with him with the Olympic team, is that he’s a great kid. “I think Alvin and Anthony will get along great. I think there’s going to be a great bond there in figuring out how to get to the playoffs and then how to win a title.” Kerr believes D’Antoni was the catalyst for the new era of offensive basketball in the NBA, and thinks Gentry will play that way in New Orleans.
“We’re going to start playing fast under Alvin Gentry and that should be an easy transition for me. I’ve not heard anything but good things about him,” Gordon said of coach Gentry. “I remember when he was coaching the Phoenix Suns and they were playing very fast with Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire and all of those guys. He’s always been a guy that loves to play that run-and-gun system.”
But Gordon still highly regards Gentry, according to sources. After the Pelicans signed Gentry to a four-year, $13.7 million contract on May 30 to replace Monty Williams, Gordon took to social media. He wrote on his Twitter account that he was looking forward to working with Alvin Gentry.
The Pelicans source said Gentry was staying away from that, and that the decision to hire assistants Darren Erman and Robert Pack was made before Gentry rejoined the Warriors last Sunday. Unlike Budenholzer, who two years ago was introduced to the local media before rejoining the Spurs, Gentry’s introduction has been delayed until after the Finals end and there was no planned timetable for that to happen. “If Golden State wins it, Alvin will probably want to say for the victory parade,” the source said, “He’ll be here then. We don’t play a game until November.”
The source did not indicate if other team officials had spoken with Davis, who is expected to be given a max contract offer worth approximately $144 million July 1. Davis, in an interview with SI.com to promote his appearing on the cover of a video game, indicated he was not upset he had not heard from Gentry. “I haven’t reached out to him; I’ll let him reach out to me,” Davis said. “I know right now he’s still the coach for the Warriors and trying to get a ring. “When the series is over, I definitely want to reach out to him. He’ll probably reach out to me and try to talk more basketball and what our future will be.”
In the week since he was hired as the new coach of the Pelicans, Alvin Gentry has yet to speak to his best player — and vice versa. But from the Pelicans’ end, not reaching out to Anthony Davis is because of an agreement Gentry would concentrate on his current position as associate head coach of the Golden State Warriors until after the NBA Finals before officially representing the Pels, a source close to the situation said Saturday. “It will happen soon enough,” the source said. “There’s no problem.”
The Pelicans made a coaching change this summer. Are you excited about having Alvin Gentry on board? Anthony Davis: I know he did a lot in Phoenix when he was with Amar’e [Stoudemire] and Steve Nash. I remember watching them play all the time and how they played that up-tempo pace. I’m very excited for what he can bring to our organization. I can’t wait for the year to start and get rolling and see what he has to bring to our team to make us go to the next step.
Was it tough to see Monty Williams go and what lessons do you take with you? Anthony Davis: It’s always tough to see a coach go. I came in with that coach and he taught me a lot about the game, about life, about being a man. It’s always tough to see the coach that you came in with leave. We still talk about everything. Just because he’s not coaching us anymore doesn’t mean he won’t be a factor in my life. We still keep in touch and I wish the best for him.